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With the success of their, “Mad Men,” inspired collection, Banana Republic brought on Jacqueline Durran, costume designer for the upcoming, “Anna Karenina,” to design a capsule collection for Holiday 2012.

The designs will feature 19th century, Russian touches for both apparel and accessories, for men and women. The film once again pairs director Joe Wright with Keira Knightley.  Are you dying!!!  I LOVED his version of P&P.  I hope they go bold.  I read there will be velvet, faux fur, and lace.  Sounds perfect for Holiday.  Great choice Banana.

So retail is FINALLY (!) timing collections with the release of the movies by which it’s inspired.  FINALLY.  Before a movie would come out, designers would swoon, and you’d see the influence six months to a year later.  Now they’re doing strategic partnerships that give valuable PR to the films and the retail establishment since films are promoted many months ahead of its release date.

I want that hat!  And that aubergine skirt color offset by the white and gray fur, love it!  It looks like a painting.

So much fun you can have designing the costume jewelry from this era.

They better have some great wool coats, nipped in at the waist, and leather gloves.  It looks FANTASTIC!  It’s one of my favorite books, and I can’t wait.

Check out the trailer:

http://focusfeatures.com/video/anna_karenina_trailer

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